In professional settings, the way you look plays a significant role in your success. A person’s appearance is one of the first things that people notice and a major way to leave an impression—good or bad. Thus, creating and defining your own personal “Look of Success” is crucial.
Dressing The Part
When you think about getting ready to go to work in the morning, wherever that may be, the first thing that generally comes to mind is what to wear. While there are a few main rules that should always be followed, your business attire allows you to showcase your personality. In this way, you are effectively branding yourself which is a powerful thing. Omaha definitely has style, and there are many terrific places to find your signature look locally.
“When it comes to dressing professional keep it clean and simple,” advises Susie Keuck, owner of Nouvelle Eve. “There is nothing better than a crisp white blouse and a tailored skirt or pants. Jackets and cardigans may vary but stick to clean lines and minimal prints. When adding accessories keep the same idea in mind; minimal and not too personal and be sure your handbag is also structured as these pieces complete the look.
The most important thing is choosing a style that is right for you! If the pieces you put on complement your figure, height, and body type then your look becomes proportionately appealing. It is so important to view your body in segments to assure you choose the right pieces to compliment you. It’s the little things like having your pants tailored or adding a scarf or a necklace that give you that little edge and sometimes, a very important focal point. I always say when you look good you feel good, and that boosts your confidence and everyone can feel your positive energy.”
Careful consideration of all aspects of your look, including the clothing you wear, is crucial. “Clothing should never be a barrier to your image!” emphasizes Dick Lerner of Bel Air Fashions. “If you want to be viewed as a professional, you need to look it. You have about 10 to 15 seconds to make a strong and lasting impression, and weak impressions are almost impossible to overcome. It is important to get your wardrobe right the first time.
Acquiring clothing should not be based on a label or designer name. Never buy because of the cheapest price as it may become very expensive when you wind up replacing items instead of building a wardrobe. Fabric is the foundation of your wardrobe. It should be year round, not transparent, should drape and not cling to the body, and should hold its shape and not look like you slept in your garments five minutes after wearing. The style of garments should complement your body and give you a great fit. A core essential wardrobe is not a lot of clothing, but the right pieces.”
Betty McKernan of Stilettos Dry Cleaning Delivery Service adds, “Remember to always have your clothes looking clean and pressed. Don’t try to wear the pants or shirt again as people can see the wrinkle marks from previous wear. Proper attire is essential, and regular cleaning will extend the life of the garment. Also, let your cleaner know ahead of time of spots and stains to assure that they are treated with extra care. We are able to clean a wide variety of fabrics, including in-house leather cleaning, suede and furs. Most cleaners send their leather items out of state to other cleaners to process, but ours is done in house by our staff of trained professionals to ensure that your items are treated with utmost care.”
“Personal style is reflected by body type, current fashion, personality and event,” advises Beka Doolittle, owner of ThePinkStore.com. “But it’s definitely all about pieces. Putting an outfit together involves creativity and if you feel like you may be lacking in that area, use Pinterest! Always remember to represent yourself in a manner that lends to professionalism though, even if it’s an after-hours meeting. The classic look is one of my favorites but the trendy look adds a bit of overall fun to any wardrobe and gives us all a new way to express our own personalities. If you’re feeling uncertain about something, keep this in mind…’when in doubt, don’t.’”
She adds, “It’s always better to be overdressed than overlooked! That being said, dress according to the event and always find a way to proudly be your brand even if it’s through an outfit reflective of your personality! And always, always, always wear a smile! With that, you can never go wrong!”
Make sure to evaluate your wardrobe as a whole; in order to achieve a consistent look of success in any environment you should have the flexibility to adjust to different circumstances accordingly.
Putting Your Best Face Forward
You are your own best asset, and together with what you wear, presenting the best “you” possible requires some other considerations. In addition to everything else that enhances your appearance, your skin is a natural asset and proper care is essential. Everyone has a unique skin type, so it is important to consult a professional that recognizes all of the characteristics that make up your unique skin type and who will then create personalized treatments that will achieve optimal results. Additionally, beauty products are a great asset as they enhance your overall look. Younique offers an entire line of beauty products including their most popular Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes, Mineral Pigment Eye Shadows, Precision Lip & Eye Liners, Uplift Eye Serum, Illuminate Facial Cleanser, & Brilliant Daily Moisturizer. Kaylane Pacha of Younique explains, “When you look better, you feel better and exude a confidence that is better than money can buy. The first step in looking better is taking extra care of your skin. A perfect product to improve the look and feel of your skin is Brilliant Daily Moisturizer followed up with BB Flawless Complexion Enhancer. We also offer Uplift Eye Serum to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Younique products are naturally based, paraben free, talc free, gluten free (except rose water) & hypo-allergenic. They are also never tested on animals.”
In a recent American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey, patients stated “improving physical attractiveness and self-esteem” as the top reasons for wanting cosmetic dental treatments! Self-confidence truly impacts every part of your life, every day of your life. When you cover your mouth or are ashamed to smile, you’re hiding the most “approachable” side of your personality! Stop missing out on great opportunities: getting the job you’ve always wanted, meeting interesting people, and enjoying the basic pleasures of life—just because you’re not happy with your smile! At Premier Dental they offer many different services to improve your smile. They offer Porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, smile makeovers, porcelain crowns, Invisalign (clear trays used to straighten teeth), dental bonding, porcelain fillings, inlays and onlays.
Ever wished you could see what you would look like with a new smile? At Premier Dental they have a computer imaging program called SNAP. With this digital imaging system, they take a digital photo of you and in less than 5 minutes you may view what your new smile would look like. So whether you are looking to whiten your teeth, replace old crowns and fillings, fill in a gap, replace a missing tooth or have veneers, this imaging system lets you view your new smile in advance!
Almost nothing will affect the quality of your cosmetic dentistry results as much as your choice of cosmetic dentist. When you schedule a consultation with a prospective dentist, you should go in with a list of questions to make sure you address all your concerns with every dentist.
Questions to ask your cosmetic dentist: What procedure would you recommend for me? – What are the advantages of the procedure? • What alternatives are there to this procedure? Why are they not as good? • What training do you have that will help you perform my procedure? • What ongoing training are you doing to keep in touch with advances in dentistry? • How much experience do you have performing this procedure? • May I see before and after images of cases like mine? • May I talk to some previous patients? • What complications have you seen in previous treatments? How did you handle them? • How long can I expect my results to last? What do I have to do to maintain them? • If I am unhappy with my results, what will you do? • Do you offer IV and oral sedation dentistry?
You are listening not only for the answers to the questions, but to the tone and temper of the responses. You want a cosmetic dentist who makes you feel completely confident in his/her ability to give you the results you desire in a comfortable environment. If you sincerely want a winning smile at work…a captivating smile that appeals to that special someone…or a picture-perfect smile for an upcoming special event or holiday…give Premier Dental a call for a free cosmetic consultation today!
Completing Your Look of Success
There are many factors that work together to create one’s complete Look of Success, including those that affect how you look AND how you feel. Health and fitness aren’t just things that contribute to your appearance; feeling better is directly related to looking better and vice versa.
“Living a healthy lifestyle is essential if you want to reach your potential in business and in life,” says Brad Schmitt, DC of Schmitt Chiropractic. “Living an unhealthy lifestyle has a negative snowball effect that can get more difficult to reverse as time passes. Poor eating habits, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and high stress levels all lead to sickness and fatigue. If we give our body what it needs, it can function optimally, which leads to more energy and less illness. Time lost from work due to fatigue, illness, injury, etc. is extremely common. People are much less likely to exercise when they feel this way, which has a negative impact on physical condition and stress levels. Living a healthy lifestyle enables a person to look, feel, and perform at their best.
Chiropractic care looks at all aspects of a person’s health and seeks to help that person reach their full potential from a health standpoint. Joint dysfunction, postural syndromes, and muscle tension all result from activities that most people do on a daily basis through repetitive movements. Chiropractic care encompasses a range of treatment options to allow a person to function optimally. This allows them to live without pain and have the energy and ability to exercise. When this happens, they can look, feel, and perform their best.”
“Living a healthy lifestyle means that we have consciously made choices that nourish not just our bodies but also our minds and our hearts,” explains Devan Martin of Nebraska Change Works. “The brilliant field of Neuroscience is now shedding light on just how much our habits, good or bad, determine our sense of well-being and how we show up in the world. Positive ways of living and being with ourselves produce healthy and successful relationships with others and more importantly with us as individuals.
Einstein said, ‘Significant problems can’t be solved at the same level of thinking they were created.’ Professional coaching is all about empowering you to create outcomes for success right from the very first session. First, supporting people in finding out what they really want, bringing clarity to the process, then looking at what outcomes would be born from this clarity. From there we know the direction to take with our inquiry to set powerful and meaningful goals. Sometimes the field work I assign may not look like it is related to the goal or outcome but it can uncover a ‘blind spot’ for them that they had not previously seen. This allows for the ‘Aha!’ moment and the light bulb going on (the shift in thinking that is different than before). This allows for the kind of personal development that enhances confidence and even charisma in most cases.”
Your professional appearance, or lack thereof, will have a profound effect on your success in the business world. It will be invaluable to your career if you take this aspect seriously and continue to develop own personal look of success well after you’ve landed the job. Finding your own look of success will allow you to establish credibility for yourself in the workplace as a polished professional who has all of the bases covered.